In this book, scholars and performers debate the dynamic interplay between innovation and tradition in the world of Irish dance. ""Close to the Floor"" brings together a distinguished and diverse cast of dance ethnographers, dancers, teachers, choreographers, and dance historians to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics in the world of Irish step dance and related percussive dance forms. This volume includes essays that originated at a symposium held at New York University in 2006 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of ""Riverdance."" The contributor list is impressive and includes the most well-known names in both Irish dancing scholarship and performance.
Mick Moloney is Global Distinguished Professor of Music and Irish Studies at New York University. J'aime Morrison is associate professor of performance at California State University, Northridge. Colin Quigley is senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick.